Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights: Approximately 80 children from Russia were taken to Iraq and Syria

30.08.2017, Russia.

Approximately 80 children from Russia were taken to Iraq and Syria, where they lived in war zones or conflict-affected areas, as the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights of the Russian Federation reported on its official site on August 29.

Aleksandr Mukomolov, a member of the Presidential Council and the chairman of the Permanent Civic Commission for Peacekeeping in the North Caucasus, met with relatives of children who were taken from the Chechen Republic and Dagestan. According to Mukomolov, the meeting brought together about “25-30 people, who have being looking for their grandchildren or nephews taken out of Russia“.

It is of the utmost importance now to mobilize all humanitarian organizations in order to take all the children out of there, to bring them to a safe place, to get them fed and dressed. and to await further action in terms of establishing their identity, and to send them back to Russia“, Mukomolov said.

On August 11, Marina Yezhova, the Ombudswoman for Children in Dagestan, announced that hundreds of children were taken out of Russia. These children’s parents were influenced by radical Islamists from ISIL (an organization banned in Russia).

Bilal Tagirov, a four-year-old boy, was recently retrieved from an Iraqi orphanage. Two years ago Bilal was taken by his father to Syria, and then to Iraq. In early August, Russia Today reported about Russian-speaking children in Iraq. With the help of Ramzan Kadyrov, the Head of the Chechen Republic, Bilal was able to his home. According to Kadyrov, “there are 35 to 40 citizens of the Russian Federation and up to 100 citizens of the CIS (the Commonwealth of Independent States) in Baghdad, in various shelters” and a similar number in the areas of Mosul and Kurdistan.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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